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The office and philosophy : scenes from the unexamined life /

Unites philosophy with one of the best shows ever: The Office. Addressing both the current American incarnation and the original British version, The Office and philosophy brings these two wonders of civilization together for a frolic through the mundane yet curiously edifying worlds of Scranton...

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Other Authors: Wisnewski, Jeremy.
Format: Book
Published: Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2008.
Series:The Blackwell philosophy and popculture series
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Table of Contents:
  • Introductory memo: A note to our suppliers in the US and the UK : support philosophy, it uses lots of paper!
  • A note to bitter Brits and confused Americans...
  • The dundies : some awards for making this book possible
  • Memo 1: paper thin morality
  • Screws and nails : paper tigers and moral monsters in The office (US) / J. Jeremy Wisnewski
  • Flirting in The office : what can Jim and Pam's romantic antics teach us about moral philosophy? (US) / Mark D. White
  • Can Michael ever learn? empathy and the self-other gap (US) / Andrew Terjesen
  • Leaving the dice alone : pointlessness and helplessness at Wernham-Hogg (UK) / Wim Vandekerckhove and Eva E. Tsahuridu
  • The virtues of humor : what The office can teach us about Aristotle's ethics (UK) / Sean McAleer
  • Memo 2: know thyself!
  • Pam and Jim on the make : the epistemology of self-deception (US) / Stefanie Rocknak
  • What Dwight doesn't know can't hurt him
  • or can it? deception and self-deception in The office (US) / Randall M. Jensen
  • Authenticity or happiness? Michael Scott and the ethics of self-deception (US) / Jonathan Evans and Peter Murphy
  • Humiliation in The office (and at home) (US) / John Elia
  • Memo 3: funny and not-so-funny business
  • Laughter between distraction and awakening : Marxist themes in The office (US) / Michael Bray
  • Being-in-The office : Sartre, the look, and the viewer (US) / Matthew P. Meyer and Gregory J. Schneider
  • A boy who swims faster than a shark : Jean Baudrillard visits The office (UK) / Russell Manning
  • Memo 4: mind your business!
  • Stakeholders vs. stockholders in The office (US) / Rory E. Kraft, Jr.
  • Attacking with the north : affirmative action and The office (US) / David Kyle Johnson
  • Darkies, dwarves, and benders : political (in)correctness in The office (UK) / Thomas Nys
  • The hostile office : Michael as a sexual harasser (US) / Keith Dromm
  • The obscene watermark : corporate responsibility at Dunder-Mifflin (US) / David Kyle Johnson
  • Memo 5: philosophy at the water cooler...
  • For l'amour : love and friendship in The office (US) / Robert Arp and Jamie Watson
  • Look at the ears! the problem of natural kinds (UK) / Thomas Nys
  • Gareth Keenan investigates paraconsistent logic : the case of the missing Tim and the redundancy paradox (UK) / Morgan Luck
  • Being your self in The office (US) / Rick Mayock
  • Michael Scott is going to die (US) / Meg Lonergan and J. Jeremy Wisnewski.